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Faculty, Staff, and Administration: Join the Relay for Life

Posted on 4/9/2013 2:32:11 PM

As members of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life movement, IUP Colleges Against Cancer would like to extend a special invitation for administration, faculty, and staff to sign up for this year’s event. The IUP Relay For Life will be held from noon on Saturday, April 13, until 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2013. We hope you’ll join us for an unforgettable event where we’ll come together to celebrate, remember, and fight back!

Cancer has affected all of us in some way. When you participate at a Relay event, it’s your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost, but also to raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from cancer and raise money to help fuel the world’s largest fight for more birthdays. The IUP Relay is an 18-hour event in which members of the community come together in the fight against cancer. The event is a fundraiser, but also an opportunity to get involved with community service, meet others who have been affected by cancer, and have a great time!

The IUP Relay for Life Committee has set a goal of $25,000, and we need your help. Please join the student body’s fight by registering a team or by joining a student’s team today! Below you’ll find many different ways to support Relay For Life. We encourage you to find the opportunity that is the best fit for you. All the information below can also be found and accessed on the IUP Relay for Life website. Thank you for all of your support!

Tentative Schedule for Relay For Life

April 13–14, 2013

Registration prior to opening Ceremony

  • 12:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
  • 12:30 p.m. – Drill Team Performance
  • 1:15pm – Twirlers Performance
  • 1:40 (or 2:20) – SAI Singers
  • 2:00 p.m. – Dance Explosion
  • 2:30 p.m. – Relay Race (three-legged, sack race, etc…)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Military Lap
  • 3:30 p.m. – Cheerleaders Performance
  • 4:30 p.m. - Fight Back Ceremony (inspirational video, time to remember why we fight for cancer research)
  • 6:00 p.m. – Dance laps and line dances
  • 7:00 p.m. - Cancer survivor speaker and survivor celebration lap
  • 8:00 p.m. – Greek Sing Performance
  • 9:00 p.m. – Luminaria Ceremony (lighting of dedicated bags and reading of names)
  • 10:00 p.m. – Water Pong Tournament
  • 12:00 a.m. – Relay Pageant
  • 3:00 a.m. – Manhunt
  • 5:00 a.m. – Interactive Clue Game
  • 6:00 a.m. – Watch sunrise
  • 7:00 a.m. – Closing Ceremony

The Family Time will be some to-be-determined period between noon and 4:00 p.m. Survivors will be honored either during Family Time, as part of the luminaria ceremony, or both.

Top 5 Ways to Get Involved with Relay For Life:

  1. Make a donation to a Relay For Life event, team, or participant.

    By contributing a donation to Relay For Life, you are showing your support for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Your donation is used locally and nationally to fight back against cancer.
  2. Host an office or department fundraiser in support of Relay For Life

    Put out a collection jar, host a spirit day, or relax after work at a happy hour or wine and cheese party. These are all great opportunities for your office or department to come together to show support for the cause. Our small donations and fundraisers collectively have a big impact and help us move one step closer to finding a cure for cancer.
  3. Donate a luminaria in honor or memory of a loved one affected by cancer

    One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and, as a result, cancer impacts so many people. In order to remember those who we have lost and honor those who are courageously battling cancer, we light luminaria at dusk. Individuals donate $10 to place luminaria around the track. Each luminaria is inscribed with the name of the person to be honored or remembered. When the sun goes down, the luminarias are lit. The lighting of the luminaria is followed by a ceremony to reflect on why we as a community are coming together in the fight against Relay. To all present, it is a very special time. The luminarias light the track for the rest of the evening.
  4. Recruit a survivor or caregiver to Relay For Life

    Survivors and caregivers are our guests of honor at Relay. Survivors Laps are where survivors lead the way around the track while being honored and applauded by all participants. Being a part of the Survivors’ Lap allows survivors to celebrate what they have overcome while inspiring and motivating their community to fight. Survivors are proof that cancer can be defeated.
  5. Form a Relay For Life Team 

    Relay For Life teams consist of 8–15 people. Our event is a community event where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer. Coworkers, friends, student groups, and neighbors join together in teams and take turns walking or running on a track throughout this overnight event. This event is not a race; therefore, participants may casually walk or run at whatever pace they are comfortable. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event—because cancer never sleeps. In addition to walking, teams camp out in the Oak Grove and enjoy music, dancing, games, and picnics. There is entertainment and fun for people of all ages! Relay creates a unique sense of a community of people fighting for a common cause—to cure cancer!

Get Involved With “10-10-10”

Here is another suggestion for joining us for the 2013 IUP Relay For Life. It is an easy and simple pledge to remember that any faculty or staff member can make.

  • 10 Minutes
    We ask that you will agree to spend TEN minutes at the event.
  • 10 Dollars
    Spend TEN dollars at the onsite fundraisers set up around the track.
  • 10 People
    Recruit TEN friends, family, faculty/staff, or alumni to unite in the fight against cancer.

With your pledge, you will help us create a world with more birthdays and less cancer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Megan Mack (, IUP Relay for Life chair, or Michael Meyers (, IUP Colleges Against Cancer president.